Thursday, March 11, 2010


Art and Creativity

- Use egg cartons to create a caterpillar. Cut the bottom of the egg carton in half. If the carton is paper, paint it green and let dry. Glue on google eyes and pipe cleaner antennae. Use pipe cleaners for feet.

- Turn the kids into a garden, or single potted plants. Take a picture of each child and cut out just the face. Draw, or have the child draw, a flower shape with the center being big enough for the cut out photo. You can then either cut out the center of the flower and glue the photo in from the back (this looks best) or you can glue the picture in the center of the flower. Tape or glue a green popsicle stick (bought that way, painted or even colored with marker) to the bottom, back of the flower. You can also add a piece of paper the same shape as the flower on top of the popsicle stick to "sandwich" it in. Add on some paper leaves. Meanwhile, get a small terra cotta planter, large enough to hold the number of "flowers" you are planting. You can paint it if you choose. Add a block of florist's foam into the bottom of the planter. Poke the bottom of the popsicle stick into the foam and then cover the foam with sphygum moss or even green Easter grass.

- Sing the chorus to Mary Poppin's "Let's Go Fly a Kite"
Let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let's go fly a kite!

- It's Spring by Linda Glaser

-Spring is Here! A Fisher-Price Little People Lift the Flap Book

- Focus on springtime sounds such as peep, buzz, wind, and raindrops

- Use a divided plate (3 sections), to teach beginning addition. Put 2 green buttons in one section and 1 red button (or whatever manipulatives you have on hand). Ask how many you buttons you have and then move the two green buttons into the third section, counting as you do, and then repeat with the red button, continuing to count. "So 2 green buttons plus 1 red button equals 3 buttons."

- Use egg cartons to practice sorting plant seeds
- Plant grass seeds in small pots or cups for the kids to observe the growth process

Outdoor Fun
Spring outdoor fun can get messy so be prepared
- This is a great time to visit local playgrounds
- Play in the rain and/or the puddles

- This is a great time to learn about seeds so why not snack on some. You can get sunflower and pumpkin seeds in most stores year round.
- You can make flowers out of cut up veggies, using celery for the stem, broccoli for leaves, a carrot for the center and grape tomatoes for petals.

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